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LDRA Selects FTD Infocom to Distribute Cutting-Edge Point Products Across India
Partnership delivers advantages of LDRA certification technologies alongside local expertise and support for developers
Bangalore, India, January 16, 2014. LDRA, the leader in standards compliance, automated software verification, source code analysis, and test tools, has named FTD Infocom Pvt. Ltd. as its official India distributor of the LDRA point tools LDRAunit, LDRArules, and LDRAcover. LDRA based its selection of FTD Infocom on the company’s comprehensive knowledge of these tools, its proven leadership in distributing other products for the development and testing of embedded software, and its expert sales, support, and application teams.
“Increasingly, embedded developers in India use certified systems to help mitigate risk and maintain software quality,” said Ian Hennell, Operations Director of LDRA. “But like their counterparts worldwide, these developers face challenges in implementing the stringent requirements for such systems into established software-development cycles. These challenges are more easily surmounted when developers have access to local experts familiar with best practices and qualified to guide implementation in the developers’ first language. We are pleased to have FTD Infocom extend the reach of the LDRA team.”
As a result of the partnership, the advantages of LDRA certification technology will become more easily available to India-based companies that develop embedded solutions for safety-, mission-, and security-critical applications. Such advantages include what renowned industry analyst Jack Ganssle called the “staggering” cost savings available through the auto-generation capabilities of point products like LDRAunit, a product whose announcement he hailed as one of the year’s “most important” milestones in embedded technologies.
“Developers targeting the safety-critical market in particular will benefit from our teamwork with LDRA,” said Prabhakar Srivatsan V, Chief Executive Officer of FTD Infocom. “Through the partnership, we will offer a powerful combination of world-class certification tools and local support, enabling developers to deliver solutions compliant with the most stringent of safety standards. For this reason alone, we are thrilled to have been selected as India’s official distributor of the LDRA point tools.”
LDRAunit, LDRArules, and LDRAcover are part of a family of certification technologies emerging from LDRA’s 40 years of experience in helping customers achieve certification readiness. These tools support certification objectives at all levels of design assurance:
LDRAunit supports automated test generation and management with sophisticated analysis that helps developers to eliminate manual scripting and minimize overall test effort. LDRAunit auto-generates test-case documentation, including pass/fail and regression analysis reports, and simplifies the viewing of statement coverage, branch coverage, and MC/DC-coverage results.
LDRArules offers standards-based rule checking that confirms adherence to company and industry coding standards. With the help of call graphs, flow graphs, and code review reports, the tool clearly demonstrates code quality, fault detection, and security vulnerabilities.
LDRAcover demonstrates application-testing completeness and provides test-planning documents that help developers achieve the desired level of coverage, ranging from procedure and function calls to safety-critical modified condition/decision coverage.
To learn more about the partnership between LDRA and FTD Infocom, please contact Neeraja Nair at +91 80 4080 8707 or [email protected]
For more than 40 years, LDRA has developed and driven the market for software that automates code analysis and software testing for safety-, mission-, security-, and business-critical markets. Working with clients to achieve early error identification and full compliance with industry standards, LDRA traces requirements through static and dynamic analysis to unit testing and verification for a wide variety of hardware and software platforms. Boasting a worldwide presence, LDRA is headquartered in the United Kingdom with subsidiaries in the United States and India coupled with an extensive distributor network. For more information on the LDRA tool suite, please visit: www.ldra.com.
About FTD Infocom
FTD Infocom Pvt. Ltd. is a pan-India distributor for a wide variety of embedded solutions products and technologies. They include IDEs, RTOS, UML-based development solutions, project estimation solutions, and reverse-engineering solutions. FTD Infocom also offers highly specialised testing and timing analysis products for the automotive and aerospace domains. FTD Automation, a sister concern, represents PCB solutions, digital IP cores, and control-automation engineering software. For more information on FTD Infocom, please visit www.ftdinfocom.com.
Filed under: Business Line, Companies, Countries, Events, Press Releases, production program, SAAB, Sweden
EAST SYRACUSE, N.Y., Jan. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Saab Defense and Security USA (SDAS) announced today that Saab’s Sea Giraffe AMB Radar recently received its official designation from the U.S. Navy. The Sea Giraffe AMB Radar system’s official U.S. Navy nomenclature is now the AN/SPS-77 (V)1.
Partnering with General Dynamics, Bath Iron Works and Austal, SDAS is responsible for integrating the AN/SPS-77 radar into the USS Independence and other ships of the U.S. Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Independence variant program.
The AN/SPS-77 is multi-role medium-range 3D surveillance radar system for naval applications. It provides medium range, simultaneous air and surface surveillance and can be employed in a weapon designation role. The SPS-77 is suitable for demanding naval environments from the littorals to blue-water operations.
The radar system is being adapted for U.S. operations by the Sensor Systems division of SDAS. The division, located in Syracuse, New York, is also responsible for the integration, installation, and testing of the AN/SPS 77 systems as well as for providing in-service sustainment and repair services.
Mr. Erik Smith, Vice President of Sensor Systems Division within SDAS, sees the new designation of the radar as a key milestone in Saab’s growing support of the U.S. Navy and the LCS program. “The AN/SPS 77 has proven to be the most capable and adaptable medium range multi-mission radar asset available to the LCS program and future U.S. maritime security platforms. The radar system is able to efficiently incorporate new capabilities through Saab’s modular architecture and Rapid Technology Insertion process.”
“Receiving this U.S. Navy system designation means that Sea Giraffe is now formally acknowledged by the U.S. Navy as part of the U.S. Navy standard inventory. Saab is very proud to deliver this new and highly-advanced surveillance capability to the U.S. Navy,” said Smith.
To date, the AN/SPS 77 has been installed on LCS 2 (USS Independence), LCS 4 (USS Coronado), and LCS 6 (USS Jackson). Five additional AN/SPS-77 radar systems are in various stages of manufacturing and test to meet LCS construction schedules with four more systems under contract to complete the current deliveries under the LCS Block Buy contract.
Saab Defense and Security USA LLC delivers advanced military technology and systems to United States armed forces and other government agencies. Headquartered in Sterling Virginia, the company has business units and local employees in four states.
Saab serves the global market with world-leading products, services and solutions ranging from military defence to civil security. Saab has operations and employees on all continents and constantly develops, adopts and improves new technology to meet customers’ changing needs.
Filed under: Alion, Business Line, Companies, Events, Press Releases
Industry Veteran is Former Director of GSA IT Solutions for New England Area; Will Enhance Customer Relationships for Engineering & Technology Firm
McLean, VA – January 13, 2014 – Alion Science and Technology, a global engineering, technology and operational solutions company, announced that Ron Crocker has joined the company to enhance GSA communications and provide strategic management of several of Alion’s GSA indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract vehicles. In this role, Mr. Crocker will develop and strengthen Alion’s relationships with customers served by the company under contracts that include several GSA schedules and the $50B Alliant contract.
A former Director for GSA IT Solutions in the New England Area, Mr. Crocker has more than three decades of government service with organizations that include the Defense Logistics Agency and the US Air Force. He has also managed GSA IDIQ vehicles for several large industry providers to government.
“Ron’s experience on all sides of major acquisition programs gives him invaluable insight to the challenges and needs of our customers,” said Alex Heidt, Alion Senior Vice President and manager of the company’s Acquisition Programs Management Group. “He understands the details of our customers’ critical programs as well as the nuances of the contract vehicles. This allows him to craft and deliver comprehensive solutions to help agencies achieve their goals, in terms of effectiveness, time and budget.”
Mr. Crocker is located in Boston, MA.
About Alion Science and Technology
Alion Science and Technology delivers advanced engineering, IT and operational solutions to strengthen national security and drive business results. For customers in defense, civilian government and commercial industries, Alion’s engineered solutions support smarter decision-making and enhanced readiness in rapidly-changing environments. Alion brings expertise and experience to multiple business areas: Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering; Systems Analysis, Design and Engineering; and Modeling, Simulation, Training and Analysis. Building on over 75 years of innovation, Alion turns obstacles into opportunities to help customers achieve their missions. Alion employee-owners are located at offices, customer sites and laboratories worldwide. For more information, visit www.alionscience.com.
This press release contains information about management’s view of Alion’s future expectations, plans and prospects that constitute forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by these forward-looking statements as a result of a variety of risk factors and uncertainties discussed in documents periodically filed by Alion with the SEC. Due to such uncertainties and risks, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof.
U.S. Navy Awards Lockheed Martin $84 Million Contract For Production Of paveway II Enhanced Laser Guided Training Rounds — Press Release
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ARCHBALD, Pa., Jan. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) received an $84.5 million contract on Dec. 23 from the U.S. Navy to produce paveway II Enhanced Laser Guided Training Rounds (ELGTR).
Under the four-year indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract, Lockheed Martin will deliver ELGTRs, shipping containers, logistics and product support to the U.S. Navy.
“Lockheed Martin remains committed to providing U.S. Navy aircrews with the most innovative, advanced and cost-effective training solutions,” said Joe Serra, precision guided systems manager at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. “We are nearing completion of multi-carriage ELGTR development, which will further increase training efficiency, proficiency and flexibility.”
This contract extends delivery of ELGTRs to the U.S. Navy through 2018. Lockheed Martin has produced advanced training solutions for the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and international customers since Laser Guided Training Round production began in 1992, and has delivered more than 130,000 training rounds to date.
ELGTR emulates cockpit indications, release and terminal characteristics of the paveway II laser guided weapon systems to provide affordable, high-performance aircrew training without depleting paveway II laser guided bomb (LGB) tactical inventory. Recognized worldwide as the only live-fire training solution for warfighters, the ELGTR is compatible with F/A-18, AV-8B, F-16 and various international aircraft.
In addition to paveway II ELGTR, Lockheed Martin’s 350,000-square-foot production facility in Archbald, Pa., designs and manufactures combat-proven paveway II Plus LGB kits. Lockheed Martin has delivered more than 70,000 LGB kits and 7,000 Dual Mode LGB kits to the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and international customers.
Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs about 116,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration, and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products, and services. The Corporation’s net sales for 2012 were $47.2 billion.
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Oshkosh Defense Canada Delivers MSVS SMP Bid with Next-Generation Capabilities for Canadian Armed Forces — Press Release
Filed under: Business Line, Canada, Companies, Countries, Events, Oshkosh Truck Corp, Press Releases, production program
OTTAWA, Ontario (Jan. 8, 2014) — The Canadian Government is taking important steps in modernizing its logistics vehicle fleet by advancing the Standard Military Pattern (SMP) component of the Medium Support Vehicle System (MSVS) project. Oshkosh Defense Canada, Inc., a subsidiary of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK), responded to the Government of Canada’s MSVS SMP Request for Proposal (RFP), offering a high performance, low risk solution to meet the Canadian Department of National Defence’s (DND) mission requirements and protect Canadian Soldiers for decades to come.
“Working closely with our Canadian industry partners and a growing network of Canadian suppliers, our Oshkosh MSVS SMP offering provides superior vehicle performance, sustainment across six continents, and ultimately, the best overall value for Canada,” said John Urias, Oshkosh Corporation executive vice president and president of Oshkosh Defense. “The Oshkosh MSVS SMP family of vehicles is the next generation of the world’s most trusted, battle-proven military platform in the field today. We are proud to present the Government of Canada with our MSVS SMP bid that meets or exceeds all project requirements, and most importantly, provides Canadian Soldiers with the modern logistics vehicles they need to perform their missions.”
The Best Value for Canada
Oshkosh, in collaboration with its Canadian team members and suppliers, will return 100 percent or more of the MSVS SMP contract value to the Canadian economy. Oshkosh’s strategic team members for the project include DEW Engineering and Development, General Dynamics Land Systems – Canada, and Link Suspensions of Canada – Raydan Division.
“Our MSVS SMP team aligns core Oshkosh design, production and sustainment strengths with Canada’s finest technology, manufacturing and services capabilities,” said John Lazar, senior director of Global Strategic Initiatives for Oshkosh Defense. “We are committed to supporting MSVS SMP and future Canadian vehicle modernization programs by working with companies across Canada and creating new economic value in the process.”
Exceptional Performance, Without the Risk
Oshkosh designed, extensively tested and built its MSVS SMP solution to bring the latest ground vehicle technologies to the Canadian Armed Forces. The Oshkosh MSVS SMP vehicles and trailers are built to serve a full range of logistics missions from disaster recovery at home to major conflicts abroad. Key vehicle subsystems, including a high-performance drive train, advanced suspension and braking systems, and a state-of-the-art armour protection system, allow the Oshkosh MSVS SMP to achieve a 70 percent off-road mission profile and a 98 percent mission reliability rate – both of which will enable Canada’s ground forces to more safely operate in a vast array of threat levels, climates and terrains.
The Oshkosh MSVS SMP builds upon decades of in-theatre experience around the globe and more than one billion real-world operational kilometres accumulated on the Oshkosh Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck (HEMTT) platform. The acclaimed HEMTT platform is a purpose-built military vehicle that has been chosen by the United States Department of Defense and more than 20 allies worldwide – consistently outperforming commercial vehicle derivatives in competitive scenarios.
Canada’s MSVS SMP RFP also includes five years of In-Service Support (ISS). With Canadian troops more frequently mobilized around the world for defence and humanitarian missions, complete life cycle sustainment is increasingly important to ensure mission readiness.
The Oshkosh team’s ISS offering leverages decades of performance based contracting and major repair/overhaul programs experience to minimize MSVS SMP life cycle costs while maximizing reliability and readiness rates. “Our ISS plan is based on a robust global supply chain and a mature logistics system that spans six continents,” added Lazar. “By applying our logistics supportability analysis methodology to manage fleet health, Oshkosh has helped reduced military vehicle fleet life cycle costs as much as 70 percent.”
About Oshkosh Defense
Oshkosh Defense is a leading provider of tactical wheeled vehicles and life cycle sustainment services. For more than 90 years, Oshkosh has been mobilizing military and security forces around the globe by offering a full portfolio of heavy, medium, light and highly protected military vehicles to support our customers’ missions. In addition, Oshkosh offers advanced technologies and vehicle components such as TAK-4® independent suspension systems, TerraMax™ unmanned ground vehicle solutions, Command Zone™ integrated control and diagnostics system, and ProPulse® diesel electric and on-board vehicle power solutions, to provide our customers with a technical edge as they fulfill their missions. Every Oshkosh vehicle is backed by a team of defence industry experts and complete range of sustainment and training services to optimize fleet readiness and performance.
To learn more about Oshkosh Defense, please visit us at www.oshkoshdefense.com.
About Oshkosh Corporation
Oshkosh Corporation is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of a broad range of specialty access equipment, commercial, fire & emergency and military vehicles and vehicle bodies. Oshkosh Corporation manufactures, distributes and services products under the brands of Oshkosh®, JLG®, Pierce®,McNeilus®, Jerr-Dan®, Frontline™, CON-E-CO®, London® and IMT®. Oshkosh products are valued worldwide in businesses where high quality, superior performance, rugged reliability and long-term value are paramount. For more information, log on to www.oshkoshcorporation.com.
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TrackingPoint Announces New AR Series Rifles With “Lock And Launch” Technology At CES ShowStoppers 2014 — Press Release
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Three new precision guided firearms allow the novice shooter to engage long range targets with semi-automatic rifle speed.
LAS VEGAS, Jan. 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — ShowStoppers @ CES, Wynn Hotel, Las Vegas — TrackingPoint ™, creator of the world’s first Precision Guided Firearm (PGF) system, today announced the debut of the TrackingPoint 500 Series ARs for the modern sporting rifle market at ShowStoppers @ CES 2014 in Las Vegas. The three PGF rifles, offered in 7.62, .300 BLK and 5.56 calibers, incorporate the company’s ground breaking TTX (Tag Track Xact) technology, accurately locking onto and hitting moving targets at distances up to 500 yards.
With stabilized target selection, target tracking and guided firing the 500 Series semi-automatic AR products enable anyone to be an expert marksman out to the 500 yard effective range of the firearm, even from difficult firing positions, such as kneeling, standing or even lying beneath an automobile.
“TrackingPoint is excited to be able to expand and adapt its TTX technology for the AR semi-automatic market. For the first time, AR enthusiasts will be able to make fast and accurate shots on moving targets out to five football fields away,” said John Lupher, TrackingPoint CEO. “We expect not only strong demand for the 500 Series AR products, but also a growing demand for our technology across the industry.”
Introductory pricing of the 500 Series models begin at $9,995. Orders are currently being taken for TrackingPoint AR products, with delivery starting in October 2014.
ShowStoppers @ CES 2014 is being held Tuesday, January 7, from 6-10PM in the Lafite Ballroom of the Wynn Hotel. To learn more about TrackingPoint’s PGF technology, Download the PGF Whitepaper; additional information about the new TrackingPoint AR products can be found at www.tracking-point.com .
TrackingPoint, based in Austin, Texas, created the first smart rifles known as precision guided firearms. Smart rifles utilize jet fighter lock-and-launch technology enabling anyone to engage targets at extreme ranges. Smart rifles dramatically enhance the hunting and shooting sports experience while delivering a powerful tactical advantage to military and law enforcement organizations. www.tracking-point.com
Sequestration, the Navy Yard shooting, and the first women to graduate the Marine infantry course make the list
MCLEAN, Va., Dec. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Military.com released their picks for the top Military stories of 2013 this week.
The collection features 20 stories that put the military and defense industry in the spotlight and includes bitter fights over new service medals, benefits for same sex partners and a high profile Army official being cleared of wrongdoing in a sex scandal.
“This was a significant year for defense stories that weren’t just for military audiences. Many of these stories grabbed the attention of civilian and military alike and some, like the Navy Yard shooting, were stories that led the news for days on end,” said Ward Carroll, Editor of Military.com
The full list includes the top 20 stories of 2013, but a peek at the top ten stories are below:
- Hagel Takes Helm at Pentagon after Bitter Fight
In February, Chuck Hagel was sworn in as defense secretary – President Barack Obama’s third in just over four years – and said that one of his highest priorities will be ensuring fair treatment of troops, veterans and their families. Republicans had opposed their onetime colleague, casting him as unqualified for the job, hostile toward Israel and soft on Iran.
- IG Clears Allen of Wrongdoing in Email Case
Marine Gen. John Allen, the coalition commander in Afghanistan, was cleared of any wrongdoing following an investigation into his email correspondence with a Florida socialite connected to the sex scandal involving former CIA Chief David Petraeus. The IG found no professional misconduct by Allen in the voluminous email traffic he kept up over several years with Jill Kelley, a Tampa socialite.
- Case Dismissed Against IG Convicted of Sex Assault
The conviction and sentence of the 31st Air Wing former inspector general convicted in November of sexual assault was set aside by the Third Air Force commander in February, releasing the fighter pilot from jail and reinstating him into the Air Force. A military jury had sentenced Lt. Col. James Wilkerson to a year in jail, forfeiture of all pay, and dismissal from the service.
- Obama Signs New Stolen Valor Act
President Obama signed into law the latest version of the Stolen Valor Act in June, which makes it a federal crime for people to pass themselves off as war heroes by wearing medals they didn’t rightfully earn. The legislation passed both houses of Congress with overwhelming majorities.
- Rape Scandal at the Naval Academy
A rape scandal involving a female midshipman and several members of the Navy football team led to issues of unlawful command influence in the military justice system – including that of commander-in-chief President Obama, who said he expected “consequences” for alleged inappropriate actions.
- Drone Service Medal Shot Down
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel repealed a medal created just two months earlier to recognize the achievements of drone pilots and cyber specialists, ordering that a separate “distinguishing device” be used instead. Veterans groups complained that the medal would unfairly be ranked above the Bronze Star with Combat “V” and the Purple Heart.
- DoD Offers Benefits to Same-Sex Partners
The Department of Defense elected to extend the same benefits to same-sex married couples as it does to heterosexual married couples, from factoring in the spouse for housing allowance to burial at Arlington National Cemetery, the Pentagon announced in June.
- Bradley Manning Gets 35 Years in WikiLeaks Case
Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, who was found guilty of passing classified intelligence to the website WikiLeaks, was sentenced to 35 years in prison and will be dishonorably discharged from the military. The 25-year-old soldier was sentenced in August at Fort Meade, Md. Manning admitted to leaking thousands of battlefield reports and diplomatic cables while serving as an intelligence analyst in Iraq.
- Navy Yard Shooting
A Navy contractor named Aaron Alexis was identified as the lone gunman in a shooting spree that took the lives of 12 employees at the Navy Yard in Washington DC in September. Although no motive was established for the horrific crime, the investigation revealed that Alexis, shot dead by police on site, had undergone mental health treatment in the months before the shooting.
- Syria Weapons Deal Averts US Military Action
A diplomatic breakthrough on securing and destroying Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile averted the threat of U.S. military action and might have swung momentum toward ending a horrific civil war. Marathon negotiations between U.S. and Russian diplomats at a Geneva hotel produced a sweeping agreement that will require one of the most ambitious arms-control efforts in history.
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Filed under: Congress, Events, Federal Budget Process, Press Releases
Legislation would undo military retiree benefit cuts included in the Bipartisan Budget Act
WALNUT GROVE, CA – Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-Fairfield, CA), a Member of the House Armed Services Committee, announced that he is an original cosponsor of the Military Retirement Restoration Act, legislation that would repeal cuts to military retiree cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) included in the Bipartisan Budget Act. This legislation will be fully paid for by closing tax loopholes for offshore corporations. Congressman Dan Maffei (D-Syracuse, NY) is introducing the bill in the House of Representatives. Companion legislation has been introduced in the Senate by U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA).
Congressman Garamendi said, “The bipartisan budget compromise was needed to support our economic recovery and to prevent harmful unfocused cuts to vital defense functions. However, the bill’s provision that cuts military pensions places an unjust burden on military servicemembers who have already made enormous sacrifices for our country. It seems eminently fairer to end loopholes that allow corporations to avoid paying taxes. Simply put, I cosponsored the Military Retirement Restoration Act, so that we don’t balance our budget on the backs of the men and women who valiantly served us and earned their pension.”
“The Bipartisan Budget Act is an important step in the right direction that creates some certainty for our middle class families and businesses across Central New York, but it is not perfect,” said Congressman Maffei. “The cuts to military pension COLAs included in the Bipartisan Budget Act unfairly target our military families and could create serious hardship for some of our veterans. The bill I am going to introduce will fix this problem and ensure our military retirees get the benefits they have earned and deserve. As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, I urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to support this common sense legislation.”
The Military Retirement Restoration Act would replace the cuts to military retiree benefits included in the Bipartisan Budget Act by preventing companies from avoiding U.S. taxes by abusing overseas tax havens. Specifically the bill:
- Repeals the provision in the Bipartisan Budget Act (Section 403) that modifies the annual cost-of-living adjustment for working-age military retirees by making the adjustments equal to inflation minus one percent. This provision, which is scheduled to go into effect in December 2015, would result in a benefit cut for working-age military retirees. The Bipartisan Budget Act modifies the annual cost-of-living adjustment for working-age military retirees by making the adjustments equal to inflation minus one percent. At age 62, the retired pay would be adjusted as if the COLA had been the full CPI adjustment in all previous years, and the service members would receive the full COLA from then on. The provision would have saved approximately $6 billion over ten years.
- Prevents companies from avoiding paying their fair share of U.S. taxes. The repeal would be fully offset by stopping companies incorporated offshore but managed and controlled in the United States from claiming foreign status and avoiding U.S. taxes on their foreign income. It would require these companies to be treated as U.S. domestic corporations for tax purposes. This provision is expected to raise over $6.6 billion over ten years.
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Frost & Sullivan: Military Helicopter Industry to Decline by Almost Half while Civil Market Flourishes — Press Release
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While DoD budgets are slashed, civil helicopter purchases will grow to support a broader range of industries
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Dec. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — As Department of Defense (DoD) budgets tighten, military services will be forced to spend less on helicopters. The declining budget is also driving trends of upgrading and remanufacturing existing platforms rather than funding new helicopter programs. Conversely, the civil helicopter market has rebounded after the 2008-2009 recession that resulted in a lack of financing to support civil helicopter purchases. The improving U.S. economy has allowed for recapitalization of old aircraft as well as new purchases to support growing demand from industries such as emergency medical services, oil and gas.
Frost & Sullivan finds the DoD spent $12.41 billion on military helicopters in 2012 and estimates this to decrease to $6.70 billion in 2018. The U.S. civil helicopter purchases, on the other hand, generated about $0.89 billion in 2012, and this is estimated to increase to $1.07 by 2020.
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The need to replace equipment that is worn from years of constant deployment and harsh environments is the top driver in the military helicopter market, while recapitalizing a fleet with an average age of 24 years is what is driving the U.S. civil helicopter market.
“Due to constant use in combat, combat support operations, and humanitarian missions, many existing military airframes will reach their service lives between 2030 and 2040. Some Vietnam Era aircraft, like the CH-47 Chinook and the UH-1 Huey fleets, are nearly 50 years old,” said Frost & Sullivan Aerospace and Defense Senior Industry Analyst Michael Blades. “The civil fleet is not nearly as old as the military fleet, but a lack of used aircraft is driving the sales of new platforms.”
The most significant challenge the U.S. DoD helicopter market faces is future budget constraints and threat of a prolonged period of sequestration. Likewise, though the market is projected to grow, overall uncertainty in the U.S. economy is restraining the country’s civil helicopter market.
“Upgrades and remanufactured platforms will continue to dominate spending for the military helicopter market, and new programs will favor modifying commercial-off-the-shelf aircraft rather than developing aircraft from the ground up,” observed Blades. “In both the civil and military markets, end users will stress on total life cycle costs rather than acquisition costs.”
Therefore, helicopter manufacturers are focusing more on efficiency and ease of maintenance in order to reduce repair costs and logistical tails.
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CHICAGO, Dec. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — What does the U.S. Department of Defense spend money on? Niinja has the answer. Niinja, the new B2G marketing research tool for products purchased by the DoD, launches on December 4, 2013 at http://Niinja.co. Niinja will assist current and prospective government suppliers by answering the following questions: Which agency or military branch uses products like this? Which competitors provide similar products? Where are they located? What is the selling price? With 6.8 million items stocked by the Defense Department and 2.6 million supplier companies in the database, Niinja facilitates public transparency of military cataloging data to promote competition in the federal logistics market, specifically encouraging small business participation.
The DoD buys nearly everything, from aircraft parts to packaged foods, clothing, office supplies, and more. All catalog information is organized into a government dataset called the Federal Logistics Information System (FLIS). This dataset contains insightful market information such as item names, National Stock Numbers (NSN, FSC & NIIN), manufacturer part numbers, vendor location and contact information, purchase price, shipping and packaging data, purchasing agencies, and more. Yet despite the government’s provisions, it can be difficult for market researchers to extract meaningful information. The reason for this is two-fold: the sheer size of the government-provided dataset and the outdated user interface for accessing FLIS online (WebFLIS). The potential for an improved military procurement search engine is evident.
Niinja does three main things: simplifies FLIS queries to a single search box, tracks changes in item prices over the previous year, and displays competing companies on a map. Additionally, Niinja offers hover-based tooltips for information about logistics-specific abbreviations. Finally, Niinja searches FLIS data in a fundamentally different way from anyone else, quickly providing relevant search results.
“Niinja is launching at a time when government information transparency and ease of access are on everyone’s mind. Government transparency can occur only when publicly released government data is presented in an understandable format. A dataset like FLIS, with millions of records, requires visualization tools to condense data for easier comprehension,” says Kabir Mehta, Niinja’s software architect and founder of its holding company, Vital Axiom.
The cost of an annual Niinja subscription is $99 per user. A free trial of Niinja is offered. Affordable pricing aligns with the company’s mission to make federal logistics data accessible to small businesses and the public. To sign up, visit http://Niinja.co.
About Vital Axiom:
Vital Axiom is a Chicago-based modern user experience software company. Vital Axiom was founded to provide business owners the information and tools necessary to perform competitively in the government contracting space. Vital Axiom builds custom software for both public and private sectors with a focus on extracting meaning and extrapolating trends from complex datasets. The Vital Axiom team brings together experienced professionals in the fields of government logistics databases, enterprise-level software development, and government contracting. For more information, visit http://www.vitalaxiom.com.
Filed under: AAR Corporation, Business Line, Companies, Events, logistics, Military Aviation, Press Releases
AAR Airlift Group to Support NATO Training Mission – Afghanistan
WOOD DALE, Ill., Dec. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — AAR (NYSE: AIR) announces the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) Joint Theatre Support Contracting Command has awarded its Airlift division a contract to provide fixed- and rotary-wing support for the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) under the NATO Training Mission — Afghanistan (NTM-A) and Combined Security Transition Command – Afghanistan (CSTC-A).
The contract is an Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) with a total ceiling value of approximately $134 million. AAR Airlift will support the NTM-A and CSTC-A with light fixed-wing, medium fixed-wing, and medium rotary-wing aircraft, personnel, and logistics support.
The NATO Training Mission — Afghanistan, in coordination with NATO nations and partners, supports the government of Afghanistan in generating and sustaining the ANSF to provide accountable, Afghan-led security. Under the agreement, AAR will perform passenger and cargo transport services from 21 locations in Afghanistan. The Company has been performing in-theatre support to the U.S. Department of Defense in Afghanistan since 2004, and is the DOD’s largest commercial provider of lift services in-country.
“AAR is proud to continue supporting our national interests in Afghanistan under this new agreement,” said Randy J. Martinez, President and CEO, AAR Airlift Group. “The issuance of this contract to AAR reaffirms that we are the premier provider of airlift services in Afghanistan; no other carrier has more experience operating in this region than we do.”
AAR provides expeditionary airlift services in support of contingency operations worldwide. The Company currently operates a fleet of more than 40 fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft to transport personnel, supplies, and mail for the U.S. Department of Defense in Afghanistan and the Western Pacific.
AAR is a global aerospace and defense contractor that employs more than 6,000 people in 17 countries. Based in Wood Dale, Illinois, AAR supports commercial, government and defense customers through two operating segments: Aviation Services and Technology Products. AAR’s services include inventory management and parts distribution; aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul; and expeditionary airlift. AAR’s products include cargo systems and containers; mobility systems and shelters; advanced aerostructures; and command and control systems. More information can be found at www.aarcorp.com.
This press release contains certain statements relating to future results, which are forward-looking statements as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based on beliefs of Company management, as well as assumptions and estimates based on information currently available to the Company, and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from historical results or those anticipated, including those factors discussed under Item 1A, entitled “Risk Factors”, included in the Company’s Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended May 31, 2013. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize adversely, or should underlying assumptions or estimates prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described. These events and uncertainties are difficult or impossible to predict accurately and many are beyond the Company’s control. The Company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of such statements or to reflect the occurrence of anticipated or unanticipated events. For additional information, see the comments included in AAR’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Filed under: Business Line, Companies, Events, logistics, Press Releases
Formalised distribution agreement cements Boeing as first and largest GX reseller to US Government market
22 November 2013
Inmarsat (LSE:ISAT.L), the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services,
and Boeing Commercial Satellite Services, a unit of Boeing Space & Intelligence Systems, today announced the formalisation of their partnership on Global Xpress (GX), Inmarsat’s next generation connectivity service and the world’s first globally available high-speed broadband network.
Through a series of all-inclusive agreements, Boeing is extending its relationship with Inmarsat to become, officially, the first Value Added Reseller (VAR) for GX with a specific focus on military-Ka band services for customers within the United States Government. Boeing , which through its existing agreements with Inmarsat has already listed a number of GX Services on the relevant US Government procurement schedules, will now significantly extend this process, offering GX-based services to the broadest range of government customers.
“Since the very start of the Global Xpress programme, Boeing has been a critical and committed partner in developing service offerings, technical interfaces and a host of GX applications to address unique government requirements,” said Peter Hadinger, President of Inmarsat’s US Government Business Unit. “With this VAR agreement in place, the Boeing team can move quickly to meet the communications needs of the US government, leveraging what will be the most advanced and reliable globally available commercial satellite service in the world.”
Since the Global Xpress programme was announced in 2010, Boeing and Inmarsat have worked in close partnership on the development of the original fleet of three GX satellites with an order for a fourth satellite made just last month (October 2013).
With today’s announcement, Boeing is committing to GX as a cornerstone of its satellite services business. “Global Xpress will enable us to offer US government users a range of powerful new applications and globally available, secure connectivity services backed by the renowned reliability and heritage of Inmars at,” said Jim Mitchell, Vice President of Boeing Commercial Satellite Services, “We have already received strong support from our government clients for the mission-enabling features GX will offer.”
Rupert Pearce, Chief Executive Officer of Inmarsat, said: “Global Xpress meets the strategic satellite communications needs of a key customer, the US Government, in a unique, powerful and highly efficient way and we are thrilled that, with the first Inmarsat-5 satellite in Baikonour awaiting launch in early December, the Global Xpress era is just ahead of us. We value highly our commercial partnership with Boeing and we are delighted to announce this significant development of their VAR status, positioning Boeing in the vanguard of our commercialisation of Global Xpress to the US Government.”
Craig Cooning, Chief Executive Officer of Boeing Satellite Systems International, said: “As the US Government seeks improved resiliency, affordability , and availability of capacity to meet its growing wide-band communications requirements partnerships between commercial satellite operators and service providers will emerge as a proven solution to ensuring that the needs of US Government and its allies continue to be met. This VAR agreement underscores the commitments of Inmarsat and Boeing to continue efforts to help to meet this demand.”
The Finnish Defence Forces place a 1,3 M€ order with Kenno Tech for additional Balpro® Protector systems and Balpro® Containers — Press Release
Filed under: Business Line, Companies, Countries, Events, Finland, logistics, Press Releases
Kenno Tech received a new order of close to 1,3 M€ for Balpro® Protector systems and Balpro® Containers from the Finnish Defence Forces (FDF). The FDF exercised some of the purchase options, which are included in its February 2012 purchase decision for
these products. The deliveries will start this year and continue into 2014.
The Balpro® Protector system is a fast-to-build modular fortification system designed for expeditionary forces. The system may be used for many applications including:
• Camp walls/perimeter walls: one Balpro® Protector system set provides 42 metres of 2,44 metre high defence wall for perimeter security.
Elements equipped with doors may be included.
• Protected shelters or bunkers: a fully enclosed shelter with internal measurements of 5 x 6 metres and a height of 2,44 metres can be
assembled from one Balpro® Protector system set.
• Observation points with watch towers.
• Garage/storage facilities, bays, revetments etc.
• Safe corridors for e.g. VIPs.
• The elements may also be used as flood barriers.
For transport a Balpro® Protector system set of 7 laser-welded sandwich steel elements forms a 20 ft sea container equivalent unit. The newest functionality in the system is a watch tower (see pictures in our website photo gallery http://www.kennoshield.
com/sirpalesuoja/index.php?k=15218) and currently a drive-through gate is being developed. For more about the Balpro® Protector system also see
The Balpro® Container is a ballistically protected container designed to keep personnel or equipment safe from small calibre threats.
The Balpro® products’ innovative solutions ensure uniform protection capabilities throughout the surface area of the product elements.
Kenno Tech specializes in the design and manufacture of laser welded steel sandwich elements. The company’s production facilities are at Riihimäki, Finland.
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Retired Army Colonel Bolsters Integrity’s Growing Roster Of Staff With Deep Department Of Defense Expertise
McLean, VA – Nov. 19, 2013 – Integrity Management Consulting, Inc. (Integrity), an award-winning provider of acquisition and program management solutions to public sector clients, announces it has named Mark Kulungowski as Vice President of Operations.
Kulungowski has over 30 years of military and business experience, directing complex operations in diverse and challenging positions. “Mark is a results-oriented executive with exceptional experience in managing and building high performance teams,” said Christopher Romani, Chief Executive Officer of Integrity. “He will draw on both his military and private sector background in his responsibilities directing client service delivery as well as business growth and personnel development.”
Kulungowski is a graduate of the United States Military Academy, West Point, the US Army Command and General Staff College, as well as the Senior Service College with a Fellowship at JFK School of Government, Harvard University. He retired from the Army as a Colonel where he served in multiple command and senior staff positions. Kulungowski most recently was Executive Vice President for an international management firm. Additionally, he’s had experience in business as a Chief Operating Officer, Corporate Director of Operations, manager, and as a consultant.
“I’m extremely delighted to have joined the Integrity Team, where expectations are high, performance is impeccable and core values are fundamental to operations,” said Kulungowski. “I respect that Integrity is known for unwavering professional and personal commitment, and I believe we’ll be a great fit.”
About Integrity Management Consulting, Inc. Now in its eighth year, Integrity has grown from two to almost 100 employees and supports a wide range of Federal agencies. It has been recognized with multiple awards for innovation, customer satisfaction, sustainability, corporate philanthropy and growth. Integrity received the 2013 Vanguard Award for Highest Overall Growth and was named the fastest growing company in Virginia by the Chamber of Commerce.
Integrity’s prime contract vehicles include a MOBIS Schedule, a FABS Schedule, a nationwide single-award GSA AMSS BPA, multiple agency level BPAs and IDIQs, FAA eFAST, and a Navy SeaPort-e IDIQ. Its flexible structure permits fast service and a rapid response nationally. Integrity is passionate about all of its commitments: helping the government serve the nation and its security, caring for employees, and improving the communities in which we work and live. Visit ConsultWithIntegrity.com.
Filed under: Business Line, commercial aviation, Companies, Events, logistics, Military Aviation, Press Releases
Company Continuing to Take Steps to Align Cost Structure with Market Demand
PEACHTREE CITY, Ga., Nov. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Global Aviation Holdings, Inc., the largest commercial provider of charter air services to the US Military and a major provider of worldwide commercial global passenger and cargo air transportation services, today announced that the Company and its subsidiaries, including its two operating airlines World Airways and North American Airlines, have filed voluntary petitions for relief under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. The Company has taken this action to strengthen its balance sheet and gain financial flexibility as it continues to realign its operations. The Company intends to continue to operate during the reorganization process.
As part of the reorganization, the Company is taking steps to align its cost structure with the realities of market demand. The Company expects to reduce its workforce accordingly by approximately 16% of the employees over the next 90 days.
“We intend to use the reorganization process to help implement our plan to lower costs, stabilize our businesses, grow revenue and diversify our product lines,” said John Graber, Chief Executive Officer. “We have taken a number of steps to improve our operations over the past few months and we were making great progress; however, the continued worldwide downturn in commercial freight markets coupled with the military’s decision to immediately curtail its cargo expansion flying has made it necessary for us to undertake this court-supervised reorganization. We believe that this reorganization will enable us to reduce our debt and implement operational changes, while maintaining our commitment to safety, compliance and reliable customer service.”
He continued, “We appreciate the ongoing dedication of our employees, whose hard work is critical to our success and the future of our company. Regrettably, as a result of a necessary reduced fleet size and as a part of this reorganization, jobs will be impacted. We are committed to treating those who are affected with the respect and dignity they deserve. We will support them as best we can in their transition.”
In conjunction with its reorganization, the Company has obtained debtor-in-possession (DIP) financing from its first lien lenders. On Court approval, the new financing and cash generated from the Company’s ongoing operations will be used to support the business during the reorganization process.
The Company has filed various motions with the Court in support of its reorganization, including requesting authorization to continue paying employee wages and providing health care and other benefits. The Company has also asked for authority to continue existing customer programs and intends to pay vendors for goods and services provided after the filing date of November 12, 2013.
The Company has established a toll-free Restructuring Information Hotline for interested parties, at (877) 726-6511 in North America or internationally at (424) 236-7251. Additional information is available on the Company’s website at www.glah.com. Court filings and other documents related to the reorganization proceedings are available on a separate website administered by the Company’s claims agent, KCC, at www.kccllc.net/GLAH.
About Global Aviation Holdings
Global Aviation Holdings Inc. is the parent company of North American Airlines and World Airways. North American Airlines, founded in 1989, operates passenger charter flights using B767-300ER aircraft. World Airways, founded in 1948, operates cargo and passenger charter flights using B747-400 and MD-11 aircraft. For more information, visit http://www.glah.com, http://www.flynaa.com, and http://www.woa.com.
Filed under: Business Line, Companies, Events, Military Aviation, Nammo, Press Releases, production program, Raytheon
Raytheon, Nammo achieve major milestone
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Nov. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) received the 1,000th AIM-120 Advanced Medium Range Air-To-Air Missile (AMRAAM®) rocket motor from Nammo Group, a leading propulsion products company based in Raufoss, Norway. The motor is scheduled to be installed in a production AIM-120C7 missile later this month.
“Our partnership with Nammo is another example of the close relationship Raytheon enjoys with our supplier-partners,” said Dr. Taylor W. Lawrence, president of Raytheon Missile Systems. “The teamwork between Raytheon and Nammo has contributed significantly to our shared success.”
Following a lengthy qualification process in October 2012, Nammo was certified as an AMRAAM rocket motor supplier for Raytheon and has been delivering motors at the rate of approximately 90 motors per month.
“The Raytheon-Nammo partnership has been a model of success throughout the past year,” said Ronald Krebs, AMRAAM program director with Raytheon Missile Systems. “Raytheon has worked extremely hard to make certain our end-user customers continue to receive AMRAAM missiles on schedule.”
AMRAAM is a combat-proven missile that has demonstrated operational flexibility in both air-to-air and surface-launch engagement scenarios and provides today’s warfighter with enhanced operational capability, cost effectiveness and future growth options and solutions.
Procured by 36 countries, the combat-proven AMRAAM has been operational and integrated on the F-16, F-15, F/A-18, F-22, Typhoon, Gripen, Tornado, Harrier and F-4, and integration is ongoing in the Joint Strike Fighter aircraft. It is also the baseline missile for the NATO-approved National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System.
Raytheon Company, with 2012 sales of $24 billion and 68,000 employees worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, security and civil markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 91 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems; as well as a broad range of mission support services. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Mass. For more about Raytheon, visit us at www.raytheon.com and follow us on Twitter @Raytheon.
ATK Receives Orders for Small-Caliber Ammunition Under New Production Contract at Lake City Army Ammunition Plant — Press Release
Filed under: Alliant Techsystems, Business Line, Companies, Events, logistics, Press Releases, production program
Orders Total Approximately $387 Million
ARLINGTON, Va., Nov. 11 , 2013 /PRNewswire/ — ATK (NYSE: ATK) has received orders for approximately $387 million for small-caliber rifle ammunition to be produced at the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant. The orders fall under the plant’s new production contract, which began Oct. 1, 2013, and include a mix of 5.56mm, 7.62mm and .50-caliber high-quality military ammunition.
In 2012, the U.S. Army Contracting Command, Rock Island (ACC-RI) selected ATK to continue production of small-caliber ammunition and operation and maintenance of the Independence, Mo., plant under new contracts. The contracts initially cover the next seven years through FY19, with a potential award term for a total contract term of up to 10 years.
“Our vision for Lake City is a highly-efficient production facility that is lean, scalable and sustainable for the next generation of the nation’s warfighters,” said Kent Holiday, vice president and general manager of ATK’s Small Caliber Systems division.
“ATK is giving greater value to our government customer through the new operations contract at Lake City,” said Mike Kahn, president of ATK’s Defense Group. “Our ammunition has no equal in its quality and reliability, which is the standard we set for our support of the warfighter. Our ATK-wide focus on efficiency, quality and affordability allows us to deliver an excellent value to our military customers.”
ATK Defense Group is an industry leader in providing innovative and affordable ammunition, precision and strike weapons, electronic warfare systems, and missile components across air-, sea-, and land-based systems.
ATK is an aerospace, defense and commercial products company with operations in 22 states, Puerto Rico and internationally. News and information can be found on the Internet at www.atk.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/atk or on Twitter @ATK.
Certain information discussed in this press release constitutes forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Although ATK believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that its expectations will be achieved. Forward-looking information is subject to certain risks, trends and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. Among those factors are: changes in governmental spending, budgetary policies and product sourcing strategies; the company’s competitive environment; the terms and timing of awards and contracts; and economic conditions. ATK undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements. For further information on factors that could impact ATK, and statements contained herein, please refer to ATK’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and any subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and current reports on Form 8-K filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
GLI-METRO-G gives user complete control over Effective Radiated Power (ERP) levels for the entire GNSS range. — Press Release
Filed under: Business Line, Companies, Events, Press Releases, Satellites, space
PUEBLO, Colorado (November 2013) GPS Source announces the release of the GLI-METRO-G. A smart GNSS controller designed with technology derived from high performance systems and military applications. Capable of handling any GPS L1/L2, GLONASS L1/L2 Signal application, it has many highly desired features, including the ability to select GPS+ GLONASS, GPS only or GLONASS only signal output power control. It also has built-in antenna monitoring and oscillation detection.
With the GLI-METRO-G, the user has complete control over effective radiated power (ERP) levels for the entire GNSS range. GLI-METRO-G has the unique benefit of allowing selection for the power control between signals. A user can easily decide which signal output the GLI-METRO-G will use to control signal power: GPS+GLONASS, GLONASS only or GPS only. When used in conjunction with an active GPS/GLONASS receive antenna, it will pass GPS+GLONASS signals inside a building, hangar or any structure where signal is not accessible. It can be used in an automated test environment or in a shielded room. GLI-METRO-G reduces the need for multiple antennas, receive devices and multiple antenna runs, while lowering maintenance and installation costs.
Robert Horton of GPS Source, said “We are excited to have the opportunity to bring the GLI-METRO-G to market. The frustration of trying to get a high quality GNSS signal, inside a building or covered structure is over. This is a state-of-the-art GNSS smart amplifier system that will help anyone select an output signal, select the power level and safely bring the signal inside.”
The GLI-Metro-G is currently in production and will be available November 2013. GLI-Metro-G offers support for present and future GNSS signals, including Galileo, ensuring operation with future devices.
Founded in 2000, GPS Source, Inc. designs, develops and manufactures solutions that bring GNSS inside for the military, defense, aerospace, commercial and public sector markets. This includes a complete line of GNSS antennas, splitters, repeaters, cables, etc. The “GPS Live Inside” products ensure GPS signal availability inside. GPS Source, Inc. is a veteran owned small business and an AS9100 certified company. For more information, visit www.GPSSource.com.
Congressman Garamendi Supports Travis Air Force Base in Coauthoring Bipartisan Letter to OMB on KC-10 Tanker — Press Release
Filed under: Business Line, Companies, Congress, Events, Federal Budget Process, Military Aviation, Press Releases
WASHINGTON, DC – In response to the impending across-the-board budget cuts of sequestration, the Air Force is considering eliminating the entire fleet of KC-10 tankers, which are crucial for the military’s aerial refueling mission. Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA 03) and Congressman Jon Runyan (R-NJ 03) coauthored a letter to the Administration’s Office of Management and Budget expressing opposition and warning that this move could “jeopardize our nation’s refueling capability and threaten our ability to conduct operations around the globe.” The letter also points out that retiring the KC-10 would be “contrary to the Air Force’s own long-term planning.” The letter is linked here and included below.
Garamendi, whose district is home to Travis Air Force Base in Solano County, California and Runyan, whose district is home to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in Burlington County, New Jersey, are both Members of the House Armed Services Committee and the Congressional Mobility Air Forces Caucus.
The KC-10, which entered service in 1981, is the largest refueling aircraft currently in the military’s inventory and has made a significant impact to combat operations and overall mission effectiveness. With almost twice the capacity of the much older KC-135, this airframe is versatile because it combines the operations of aerial refueling, long range cargo transport, and aerial medical transport in a single aircraft. It can also be refueled, while in flight, increasing its delivery range.
“Eliminating the KC-10 fleet doesn’t make sense from the standpoint of military operations or budgeting,” said Garamendi. “The KC-10 serves a pivotal role in our Air Mobility and should for years to come. It is the bridge from the aging KC-135 fleet to the next generation of tanker aircraft. Tearing down this bridge would be penny-wise and pound-foolish. This idea should be taken off the table.”
“The proposal to retire the entire KC-10 inventory doesn’t take into account the critical air refueling mission requirements this vital platform has been meeting,” said Runyan. “As the new tanker gradually comes online there is no doubt that the KC-10 is fulfilling a crucial role in support of our warfighters. The Air Force’s slash and burn budget programming is contrary to the common sense approach that is needed in this tight budget environment. The emphasis should be on spending taxpayer dollars wisely while fulfilling mission requirements, not on creating unacceptable mission risk.”
This letter constitutes the latest step in their advocacy campaign. Last week, the Congressmen led a letter to the Department of Defense. In an Armed Services Committee hearing and in private conversations with the Air Force, Garamendi spoke with Air Force leaders about the importance of the KC-10. Congressman Runyan has also addressed this issue on several occasions with Air Force leadership in recent House Armed Services Committee hearings and conference calls, expressing his strong concerns that the KC-10 not be retired prematurely.
Text of the bipartisan letter to the OMB is included here:
November 01, 2013
The Honorable Sylvia Mathews Burwell
Director, Office of Management and Budget
Eisenhower Executive Office Building
1650 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20503
Dear Director Burwell:
We are writing to you to express our opposition to the possible retirement of the Air Force’s KC-10 aircraft fleet in the budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015. We have previously corresponded with Secretary of Defense Hagel on this issue and would ask you to consider the value the KC-10 provides to the Air Force mission and the risks incurred by discontinuing the fleet as you deliberate on programs for inclusion in the FY 2015 budget request.
Air Force Chief of Staff General Mark Welsh has commented both to the press and in testimony before the House Armed Services Committee on the Air Force’s consideration of divesting its entire KC-10 fleet to meet the spending targets imposed by sequestration. While we understand that some cuts may be necessary, eliminating the KC-10 fleet carries an unacceptable level of risk. If the KC-10 were retired, the Air Force would be left with only the much older KC-135 to perform all aerial refueling – leaving this important mission to a single aircraft with an average age of over 50 years. This move would jeopardize our nation’s refueling capability and threaten our ability to conduct operations around the globe.
Retiring the KC-10 fleet is contrary to the Air Force’s own long-term planning. The KC-10 modernization program, which is currently underway, recognizes a service life of at least 2045. Concurrently, the Air Force’s air refueling recapitalization plan would replace the entire KC-135 fleet over the next several decades before retiring and replacing the KC-10 fleet in the 2050-2060 timeframe. The KC-10 has much left to contribute over the next half century, and retiring the fleet would waste a tremendous amount of valuable air refueling capability and investment made by American taxpayers.
We appreciate your attention to this issue and look forward to working with you on a budget that promotes our nation’s fiscal well-being and preserves our national defense.
Member of Congress
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ROBERT E. ANDREWS
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CHRISTOPHER H. SMITH
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IHS To Offer Authorized 3D CAD Models of Critical National Aerospace Standards Under Partnerships With Aerospace Industries Association and CADENAS PARTsolutions — Press Release
Filed under: Business Line, Companies, development program, Events, logistics, Press Releases
Innovative tool lets engineers quickly configure and download 3D native CAD models of NAS- and NASM- fastener components
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (November 5, 2013) — IHS (NYSE: IHS), the leading global source of information and analytics, today announced exclusive partnerships to offer authorized 3D computer-aided design (CAD) models of components based on critical National Aerospace Standards, providing a valuable new tool for engineers across the aerospace industry to accelerate innovation, shorten design cycles and reduce costs.
IHS has partnered with the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), the premier trade association representing the nation’s major aerospace and defense manufacturers, and CADENAS PARTsolutions®, a leading provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) technologies and services for 3D product catalogs and parts management solutions, to offer 3D models of NAS & NASM mechanical parts standards.
Under the partnership, the advanced PARTsolutions eCATALOGsolutions™ tools will be integrated with IHS Standards Expert® and IHS Standards Expert® with Goldfire®, the market-leading engineering knowledge management solutions from IHS. Engineers will be able to quickly locate the appropriate NAS and NASM standard and use the integrated PARTsolutions configuration tool to define, visualize and refine the required part before generating a 3D model. The model can be saved into more than 150 native and neutral CAD and graphic formats, versions and revisions, and then inserted into a computer design to be tested for form, fit and function, as well as included in a bill of materials within the CAD software.
Key benefits of this solution include:
· Reduced modeling and design cycle times;
· Improved engineering productivity;
· Elimination of duplicated effort and rework;
· Assurance of quality through the use of authorized CAD models;
· Increased consistency in parts used on projects; and
· Greater accuracy in bills of materials.
“Customers look to IHS as a trusted source for all their engineering and technical reference information, including critical industry standards,” said Chad Hawkinson, vice president, product design solutions at IHS. “The 3D AIA NAS solution will allow engineers to more easily and accurately implement the standards’ requirements and complete their projects, reducing design times while improving quality and generating savings for our customers.”
“AIA has a long and proud history serving the needs of the aerospace and defense industry through our National Aerospace Standards program,” said AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey. “The AIA NAS 3D catalog allows us to provide solutions that will help the industry design and manufacture products faster and at a lower cost.”
“CADENAS PARTsolutions is thrilled to partner with industry leaders IHS and AIA to deliver a revolutionary new product to the aerospace and defense industry,” said Rob Zesch, president & chief operating officer at CADENAS PARTsolutions. “The NAS 3D catalog is the first aerospace standard in the history of aviation to be 3D-enabled by its owner, and we are honored to have our technology chosen for this endeavor.”
The 3D NAS standards capabilities announced today will be available in IHS Standards Expert and IHS Standards Expert with Goldfire in early 2014. The NAS 3D catalog will be available as a catalog within the PARTsolutions parts management solutions, with available integrations to all major CAD & PLM applications.
About IHS (www.ihs.com)
IHS (NYSE: IHS) is the leading source of information, insight and analytics in critical areas that shape today’s business landscape. Businesses and governments in more than 165 countries around the globe rely on the comprehensive content, expert independent analysis and flexible delivery methods of IHS to make high-impact decisions and develop strategies with speed and confidence. IHS has been in business since 1959 and became a publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange in 2005. Headquartered in Englewood, Colorado, USA, IHS is committed to sustainable, profitable growth and employs approximately 8,000 people in 31 countries around the world.
About Aerospace Industries Association (www.aia-aerospace.org)
The Aerospace Industries Association is the premier trade association representing the nation’s major aerospace and defense manufacturers. Today, more than 300 major aerospace and defense companies and their suppliers are members of the association, embodying every high-technology manufacturing segment of the U.S. aerospace and defense industry from commercial aviation and avionics, to manned and unmanned defense systems, to space technologies and satellite communications. The association concentrates on issues covering civil aviation, space, national security, international and procurement & finance.
About CADENAS PARTsolutions (www.partsolutions.com)
CADENAS PARTsolutions is a leading provider of next generation 3D part catalog management and sales configuration solutions. For large manufacturers and OEMs, CADENAS PARTsolutions provides centralized 3D standard part catalogs making it easy for global design teams to find, reuse, and control standard and proprietary parts. For component manufacturers, CADENAS PARTsolutions provides 3D product catalogs with CAD download technology to increase sales lead generation and to ensure that components get “designed in” to OEM products.
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Health, National Security, and Engineering Solutions Company to Provide Support for the Military Health System Nurse Advice Line
RESTON, Va., Nov. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Leidos (NYSE: LDOS), a health, national security, and engineering solutions company, was awarded a prime contract by the Defense Health Agency (DHA) to provide consultative, analytical, decision making, managerial, and implementation support services for a Nurse Advice Line (NAL) that will support the Military Health System (MHS). The single-award firm fixed-price contract has a one-year base period of performance, four one-year options, and a total contract value of approximately $178 million if all options are exercised.
The NAL program is designed to advance the DHA’s goals of improving the availability and quality of care for its beneficiaries while reducing the overall cost of care. NAL beneficiaries will receive around-the-clock access to nurse advice line services where customer calls will be triaged using patented nurse triage algorithms to determine the most appropriate and effective level of care.
Under the contract, Leidos will provide NAL services to more than nine million eligible TRICARE beneficiaries in all 50 states, making it one of the largest and most complex programs of its kind. The scope of work includes call center services, nurse triage services, medical appointing services and administrative support delivered by an expert team of customer service representatives, registered telehealth nurses, and appointment clerks. This team of professionals will provide TRICARE beneficiaries clinical advice and urgent care support based on nationally recognized algorithms, protocols, and guidelines; and enable eligible military enrollees to schedule, cancel, and reschedule appointments through the MHS Composite Health Care System and the Coast Guard’s Epic electronic health record system.
“We are proud to have been selected to work with DHA to provide nurse advice line services to millions of military beneficiaries across the United States. Improving the availability, quality, and cost effectiveness of healthcare for our military service members and their families are national priorities, and we are honored to support these important goals,” said Steve Comber, group president, Leidos Health.
The company, formerly named Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), changed its name to Leidos, Inc. on September 27, 2013 [in connection with the spin-off of its former technical, engineering and enterprise information technology business, which has assumed the company's former name]. Leidos has submitted a change-of-name agreement to the U.S. government to recognize the name change, which is currently under review by the responsible Defense Contract Management Agency contracting officer.
Leidos is a science and technology solutions leader working to address some of the world’s toughest challenges in national security, health, and engineering. The Company’s 23,000 employees support vital missions for our government and the commercial sector, develop innovative solutions to drive better outcomes, and defend our Nation’s digital and physical infrastructure from ‘new world’ threats. Leidos is headquartered in Reston, Va. and had approximately $6 billion in revenues for fiscal year 2013, on a pro forma basis, following the spin-off of the company’s technical, engineering and enterprise IT business on Sept. 27, 2013. For more information, visit www.Leidos.com.
Statements in this announcement, other than historical data and information, constitute forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. A number of factors could cause our actual results, performance, achievements, or industry results to be very different from the results, performance, or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Some of these factors include, but are not limited to, the risk factors set forth in Leidos’ Annual Report on Form 10-K for the period ended January 31, 2013, and other such filings that Leidos makes with the SEC from time to time. Due to such uncertainties and risks, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof.
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STRATFORD, Conn., Oct. 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – Sikorsky Aircraft has successfully completed the initial phase of testing for the first-ever main and tail rotor blades manufactured for the U.S. Marine Corps’ CH-53K heavy lift helicopter program. Designed specially to help meet the Marine Corps requirement to lift the aircraft’s maximum gross weight of 88,000 pounds, the all-composite blades are the largest and most technologically advanced ever produced by Sikorsky, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).
“These new blades are an important feature of the CH-53K helicopter’s ability to lift almost three times the payload compared to the CH-53E Super Stallion™ aircraft it will replace later this decade,” said Mike Torok Sikorsky’s CH-53K Program Vice President. “Advanced geometric shaping, high strength composite materials and a flaw tolerant design all come into play to provide unmatched performance, reliability, and survivability.”
At 35 feet span length, and almost three feet chord width, the CH-53K main rotor blade has 12 percent more surface area than the CH-53E blade. A 4th generation aerodynamic design developed by Sikorsky adds unique airfoils, twist and taper to the new blade so as to accommodate 71 percent greater power generated by the CH-53K aircraft’s three 7,500-shaft-horsepower GE38-1B engines.
Included in the span length is an advanced blade tip to improve hover performance, and a composite cuff attachment feature that will allow maintainers to quickly attach each of the seven CH-53K blades directly to an elastomerically-articulated titanium rotor head without the need for specialized tools or multiple redundant fasteners. When attached to the nearly nine-foot-diameter main rotor hub, the blade radius extends to 39.5 feet.
The four 10 ft. long CH-53K tail rotor blades have 15 percent more surface area compared to the same tail rotor blades on the CH-53E helicopter. On the CH-53K aircraft, the tail rotor blades collectively produce as much thrust as the main rotor blades on Sikorsky’s 11,000-pound S-76™ helicopter.
Both main rotor blades and tail rotor blades are now undergoing qualification testing at Sikorsky’s Stratford, Conn., headquarters. Tests completed to date include spinning of the blades on whirl towers to measure balance, and initial fatigue tests to determine structural strength. Blade qualification testing will continue over several years to include stress and fatigue tests, and additional whirl tower testing to validate aerodynamic stability, tip deflection, and rotational twist along each blade’s length.
This first set of blades will be attached to the CH-53K Ground Test Vehicle at Sikorsky’s Developmental Flight Center in West Palm Beach, Fla. Marine Corps pilots and Sikorsky test engineers will spin the blades on the GTV as part of the Shakedown Light-Off, a term used to describe the test of engines, transmissions, and blades running together for the first time.
Sikorsky began fabricating composite rotor blades in the early 1970s for the UH-60 BLACK HAWK helicopter. Composite blades made by Sikorsky are flaw tolerant to ensure that any small anomalies present in the blade during its initial fabrication will not grow into larger problematic anomalies.
The 4th generation blade design is part of a long chain of Sikorsky rotor systems innovations and investment to improve blade aerodynamics.
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., based in Stratford, Conn., is a world leader in helicopter design, manufacture, and service. United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Conn., provides a broad range of high technology products and support services to the aerospace and building systems industries.
SOURCE Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation (SAC)
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Radant Technologies, Inc. (“RTI”) has been acquired by Communications & Power Industries LLC (“CPI”). CPI is a wholly owned subsidiary of CPI International, Inc., a portfolio company of private equity firm Veritas Capital. RTI will become an independent division of CPI.
Located in Stow, Massachusetts, RTI is a leading designer and manufacturer of advanced composite radomes that enclose and protect microwave, communications, electronic warfare and radar antenna systems without interfering with the transmission of signals. The Company also manufactures reflector antennas and structures. RTI specializes in highly technical radomes for difficult mission requirements such as: complex signal transmission and performance; environmental ratings such as nuclear blast or hurricane; submerged pressure ratings; and complex shapes. RTI radomes are used in applications on defense combat and surveillance aircraft, naval surface ships and submarines, as well as in the commercial aerospace and business jet markets. RTI has a leading presence in airborne wideband communications systems for military and commercial applications. Defense platforms served by Radant include the RC-135, EA-18, B-52, Virginia Class submarine and the U.S. Navy surface ship fleet. RTI has approximately 180 employees.
CPI is a provider of microwave, radio frequency, power and control solutions for critical defense, communications, medical, scientific and other applications. CPI develops and manufactures products used to generate, amplify, transmit and receive high-power/high-frequency microwave and radio signals and/or provide power and control for various applications including radar, navigation, electronic countermeasures, broadcasting, commercial and military communications, medical diagnostic imaging, radiation therapy, and for various industrial and scientific applications.
RTI’s patented technology and highly specialized products complement and extend CPI’s broad portfolio of solutions. RTI and CPI serve several of the same markets and customers, and the two companies’ products are integral components of many of the same platforms.
The PB&W Aerospace | Defense | Government Group (“ADG Group”) is a leader in M&A advisory to middle market companies across the spectrum of the aerospace, defense, intelligence, homeland security and government sectors. The ADG Group is led by senior investment bankers who are seasoned industry experts. The ADG team has the high level relationships, access and in-depth industry knowledge to provide PB&W clients a clear advantage in M&A and provides each client with PB&W’s signature level of service. The ADG Group has a strong track record of transaction execution with leading public and private companies, delivering maximum value for our clients while meeting their strategic objectives.
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TRAINING, simulation and consultancy specialist NSC and the UK’s largest design, engineering and project management consultancy Atkins have been contracted by the British Army to help devise a cutting-edge curriculum for its officers.
Working in partnership with military directing staff, NSC and Atkins’ training and analysis experts will develop and support a range of innovative computer-based instruction methods with the aim of sharpening the skills of students on the Service’s Captains’ Warfare Course.
The course is underpinned by a range of documentation and materials designed in conjunction with directing staff by Atkins’ training consultants.
Future graduates of the eight-week programme, which is delivered at the Land Warfare School (LWS) in Wiltshire, will be exposed to a state-of-the-art syllabus boasting a mix of simulation-based exercises, e-learning software and digital doctrine and drills videos provided by the Surrey-based company.
Simulated feeds from remotely-piloted air systems and computer-generated videos demonstrating an array of battlegroup tactics will be among the tools deployed to teach Army 2020 doctrine, exploit lessons learnt from previous operations and prepare personnel for future missions.
Those on the course will also benefit from NSC’s CONTACT – a real-time constructive simulation system that confronts commanders with the complexities of conflict. Already used to support the training of operations-bound command and staff officers, the simulation allows individuals or small groups of users to trial courses of action in a fully-customisable environment.
CONTACT’s simulated exercises and assessments provide instructors with the ability to pause, rewind and fast-forward the action to deliver instant feedback or encourage syndicate discussion.
Traditional decision-making exercises will be further complemented by professionally-scripted and presented television news reports, which will serve to recap key briefing information and chronicle unfolding events.
Furthermore, a NSC-designed virtual learning environment and inclusion of computer-based training modules on the new-look course will mean students can review material at their own pace and revisit subjects as many times as they wish.
The course began on September 30th and runs to November 22nd 2013, and will be validated and, where necessary, amended by Atkins consultants and LWS staff.
NSC is a world-class provider of cutting-edge simulation and analysis-driven training. Since its formation in 1991, the company has forged a reputation for developing and delivering innovative solutions for military and civilian customers around the globe. From operational-level education for senior commanders to individual and collective training for the most junior recruits, Camberley-based NSC’s software and training solutions are used worldwide.
Atkins is the UK’s largest design, engineering and project management consultancy with experience of delivering complex and time sensitive projects of national significance in the UK and worldwide, including the London 2012 Games, Crossrail, major rail signalling upgrades and the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER). Atkins provides independent engineering, technical and project support services as well as human factors and training solutions to the MOD and Sea, Land, Air and Joint Commands to help them buy, deploy and maintain equipment, infrastructure and systems. Atkins was appointed the Official Systems Engineering Partner of the UK MOD in 2012.
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